Troubling the Water: A Dying Lake and a Vanishing World in Cambodia

Author:   Abby Seiff
Publisher:   University of Nebraska Press
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9781640124769


Pages:   168
Publication Date:   28 July 2022
Format:   Paperback
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In this intimate account of one of the world's most productive inland fisheries, Troubling the Water explores how the rapid destruction of a single lake in Cambodia is upending the lives of millions. The abundance of Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake helped grow the country for millenia and gave rise to the Kingdom of Angkor. Fed by the rich, mud-coloured waters of the powerful Mekong River, the lake owes its vast bounty to an ecological miracle that has captivated poets, artisans, and explorers throughout history. But today, the lake is dying. Hydropower dams hold back billions of gallons of water and disrupt critical fish migration paths. On the lake, illegal fishing abetted by corruption is now unstoppable. A fast-changing climate, meanwhile, has seen a string of devastating droughts. Troubling the Water follows ordinary Cambodians coping with the rapid erasure of a long-held way of life. Drawing on years of reporting in Cambodia, Abby Seiff traces the changes on the Tonle Sap - weaving together vivid stories of those most affected with sharp insight into one of the most threatened lakes in the world. For the millions who depend on it, the stakes couldn't be higher. AUTHOR: Abby Seiff is a journalist who was based in Southeast Asia for nearly a decade, working as an editor at the Cambodia Daily and the Phnom Penh Post and writing for publications such as Time, the Economist, Al Jazeera, and Pacific Standard, among others. She is now a freelance correspondent. 11 photographs, 1 map

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Author:   Abby Seiff
Publisher:   University of Nebraska Press
Imprint:   University of Nebraska Press
ISBN:  

9781640124769


ISBN 10:   1640124764
Pages:   168
Publication Date:   28 July 2022
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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The destruction of human life can occur slowly, indirectly, and even imperceptibly, which makes it no less of a crime. . . . This book reminds us of how much our humanity is connected to our environment. --Youk Chhang, founder and executive director of Documentation Center of Cambodia A haunting and lyrical eulogy to Cambodia's once magnificent Tonle Sap Lake and the water culture of Cambodia. --Elizabeth Becker, author of You Don't Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War A powerful book that perfectly captures the vulnerabilities of one of the world's most important lakes, Cambodia's Tonle Sap, by documenting the fragility of life for the millions who subsist on its floodplain. Seiff's painstaking research, coupled with her years of reporting from Cambodia, gives voice to the marginalized and the unheard. Troubling the Water is a unique, lyrical, and immensely readable account of the impact posed by the building of dams on the Mekong and of the profound risks that the lake's demise holds for a nation. Highly recommended. --Robert Carmichael, author of When the Clouds Fell from the Sky: A Disappearance, a Daughter's Search, and Cambodia's First War Criminal Abby Seiff has courageously covered Cambodia's troubling trajectory in the twenty-first century. This book is her testament to the life and death of the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, one of the most productive inland fisheries in the world, a people and way of life quickly disappearing. --Sophal Ear, author Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy Groundbreaking. . . . The author exposes the human costs of [the Tonle Sap's degradation] with empathy and a deep understanding of the issues involved. --Milton Osborne, author of The Mekong: Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future In Abby Seiff's rendition, the Tonle Sap Lake sometimes appears nymphlike, alluring and magical, like the celestial bodies carved on the walls of Cambodian temples at the lake's edges. It appears human at other times, meshed into the lives of those who live around it, off of it. Seiff's Troubling the Water is a beautiful and powerful ode to an ancient but rapidly disappearing world of interdependence between people and nature. A gifted writer and sensitive observer, she re-creates a world readers will want to save. A must-read. --Saumya Roy, author of Castaway Mountain: Love and Loss among the Wastepickers of Mumbai


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Abby Seiff is an American journalist with a decade of experience reporting and editing in Asia. Her writing and photography have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, the Mekong Review, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, Pacific Standard, the Economist, and many more publications. She is regularly called upon to speak as a Cambodia expert on panels, radio programs, and to news media.

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